Kindergarten! – Wordless Wednesday

This is one of those “not quite Wordless Wednesday” posts. ;)

I snapped this picture with my iPhone of Ava at our “meet the teacher” night Tuesday. She starts kindergarten Wednesday morning and will be going two full days and one half day each week. The first day is a full day.

I’ve been filled with a mix of emotions (excitement, nervousness, sadness, happiness, pride, and even close to a panic attack this evening) about my girl starting kindergarten and I hope to write about it soon. This new school is such a big change from what Ava’s used to (a Waldorf home-based preschool with eight kids at the most). Yet I have a lot of confidence in her ability to adapt, make friends and fit right in. She’s proven to me on so many occasions that she is fully capable.

And so, although I might have my worries, I will be strong (at least outwardly), put on my proud mama smile and let her spread her wings. After all, that’s a mama’s job, right?

See more Wordless Wednesday posts at the original WW home and at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Don’t miss a single CDG post, subscribe to my blog.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

21 thoughts on “Kindergarten! – Wordless Wednesday

  1. I guess it’s normal for every parents to feel that way especially if it’s the first time you daughter/son will experience going to school away from you physically.

    Happy WW!

  2. 2 1/2 days souns like a manageable adjustment. i just don’t know how kids go from PT pre-school to a “big kid” kindergarten schedule overnight. good luck ava (and mama:)

  3. Be strong, mama. My oldest in starting second grade I still have all those same emotions. My youngest starts preschool next week, too. :-(

  4. Thanks for sharing this photo. I wish I were there in person. Brings back memories of your first day at kindergarten at Hunter School. It is an emotional day with your first born. I know that Ava will do GREAT! And it’s OK if you cry after you say your good-byes :0}.

  5. It gets easier. Well, a little. :)

    You know what’s so great about school? Your kids get a chance to fly and be themselves and be challenged by others. Through all that, they become who they are meant to be.

    Because she’s so grounded by the strong foundation you’ve laid, she’ll always come back. No worries!

  6. Oh, hope Ava’s first day is a great one! You better have some milk and cookies for her when she gets home so she can tell you all about her day :)

  7. My little one starts kindergarten next year, and I’m a little apprehensive already. My daughter, on the other hand, is excited and will be fine. I think these things are often much harder for us than for the kids.

    Good luck to you both on this big transition!

  8. awwww! Congrats to both you & Ava! (& Jody too!) She is going to do great! I am sure! Be happy you have the shorter program too! Emma starts on Monday – 5 days a week 745-245! You will have to let us all know how she does! Does she ride a bus or do you drive her?

  9. My firstborn started high school this week, and I felt the same way. The night before I didn’t sleep thinking about what the next four years might hold for her, and what I could have done to make this moment even more special. Parenting is all about sleepless nights!

  10. I just found you through No Time for Flashcards and I am hooked on your site already! My son is starting Kindergarten and I am also having a lot of issues. He is coming from a very small preschool that was only 4 days a week for 2.5 hours and attending full day K five days a week! I do think that I am much more concerned than he is though! Best of luck to you.

  11. Pingback: A mama’s thoughts on sending her daughter to kindergarten | Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  12. For what it’s worth……my oldest also started kindergarten last week. I spend the better part of the spring and the summer researching about every school in the area, and ended up applying for open enrollment for 2 public schools, enrollment at the elem. school in our district, 1 charter, and 1 private program. I was sure that I would make the wrong choice and terrified that it would scar him for life. :) I had a horrible time in most of the schools I attended and it still makes me ill.

    In the end we went with the public school that is also our neighborhood school and he got a lottery spot in the full-day program. I went to every meeting that they have had at the school, including a PTO meeting where I was one of only 2 parents who didn’t actually have a child who attended school there yet.

    Both once we dropped him off and now, 3 days later, I feel really comfortable with this situation and am thrilled to hear him tell people that it went “really, really good”.

    So, IMHO, yes there is an adjustment period, but there is also a gut feeling that is hard to ignore. :) I hope that you get some peace in knowing that you are the best mother for your child and best person to be making these tough choices.:)
    L.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>